The Pursuit Of Chronometric Perfection

As a watchmaker, François-Paul Journe’s track record for innovation and mechanical ingenuity is unparalleled. The three-time winner of the industry’s highest honor, the Aiguille d’Or, really needs no introduction. From the Astronomic Souveraine to the Chronomètre à Résonance, F.P.Journe’s creations are testimony to the deep, lasting impact the independent watchmaker has etched on contemporary Haute Horlogerie.

When it comes to timekeeping accuracy, one timepiece in particular has come to epitomize the very essence of the precision wristwatch—the Chronomètre Optimum.

The origins of this watch hark back to the 1980s when a youthful and idealistic Journe began obsessing over the “ideal” wristwatch. Even then, he knew exactly what it would be. Minimalist. Simple. A time-only watch with just a power reserve indicator. The Chronomètre Optimum’s synthesis of simplicity and precision would later serve as a fundamental pillar of F.P.Journe’s chronometric research. Many years would nevertheless have to pass before the young watchmaker would be in a position to turn concept into reality.

“The basic premise was to make a watch with less internal friction, a constant force on the escapement to ensure isochronism, and an escapement without lubrication to ensure stability,” says Journe.

The premise may have been basic but delivering on chronometric perfection demanded the watchmaker leverage and build on the knowledge base and technical expertise of past masters such as Breguet, Berthoud and Janvier while simultaneously driving new technological solutions of his own.

What he finally achieved was nothing short of horological brilliance. For starters, Journe knew his new movement would have twin mainspring barrels mounted in parallel. This layout ensured power delivery would be stable. Next, he created a constant-force mechanism called the Remontoir d’Égalité. This mechanism comprised an intermediate spring that equalized the forces acting on the escapement, further enhancing power transmission stability.

The idea that followed was nothing short of revolutionary. Instead of the traditional lubricated escapement wheel, Journe developed a system that used two escapement wheels. This design would come to be known as the High-Performance Bi-axial Escapement or EBHP. Put simply, a two-wheel system meant frictional forces could now be distributed rather than concentrated, thereby enabling the escapement to operate without lubricants.

In 2001, Journe set the wheels in motion for his new wristwatch with initial sketches. Six years and countless refinements later, the blueprints were finalized. In 2012, Calibre 1510 pulsed its first mechanical heartbeat as a complete caliber.

Traditional, Time-Tested Aesthetics

The blued steel hands indicating hours, minutes and power reserve are definitive of an F.P.Journe and in the Chronomètre Optimum may be set on a dial of white or red gold. The movement itself is constructed of 18K rose gold and features a 70-hour power reserve with a constant-force remontoir on display on the dial face. At the back, the movement flaunts a deadbeat seconds as defined by a seconds circle screwed onto the movement’s bridges. The two-part case is adorned with F.P.Journe’s iconic knurled crown, a design inspired by a silk rope.

The Chronomètre Optimum comes in 40- or 42-mm sizes, equivalent to 48.50- and 52.70-mm lug-to-lug configuration. Case thickness is 9.50-mm and available in either platinum or 18K red gold. Dials are either white or red gold and the timepiece is secured via leather strap.

The Hour Glass is the exclusive retailer of F.P.Journe in Singapore, Australia and Thailand.

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Timely Reveal

With a stunning new geometry and an all-new Manufacture movement, Hublot’s Square Bang Unico made a timely entry at Watches & Wonders 2022 in Geneva, joining Hublot’s family of tonneau-shaped watches, round watches and the unconventionally shaped Master
Pieces series.

Inspired by the iconic Big Bang and Chairman Jean-Claude Biver’s “Art of Fusion” philosophy, the Square Bang Unico symbolizes Hublot’s ethos of being “the first, unique, and different” and exemplifies the synthesis of functionality, architecture, design and unique materials.

Its shape, at first a challenge for the R&D department, displays Hublot’s technical expertise while maintaining some traditions from 1980. As CEO Ricardo Guadalupe said, “The square watch is a very specific object most watchmakers dare not tackle. This is a divisive, disruptive and unconventional shape no one has known how to rework for decades. Hublot decided to get to grips with the shape to explore its power and create a unique timepiece.”

It offers a lesson in geometry, beginning with the HUB1280 Unico Manufacture movement, a 354-component automatic chronograph set at 4Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour). It has a power reserve of 72 hours.

With mechanical movements round and difficult to integrate into square cases, Hublot skeletonized the dial to work around it and, rather than concealing it, they displayed the remarkable power of the HUB1280, which follows the Meca-10 and Tourbillon movements. An oblong bicompax display at 6 o’clock reveals the chronograph’s inner mechanics, along with a column wheel.

A further challenge was the modular construction of the case. Hublot’s DNA is reflected in the 42mm sapphire crystal case—with a central housing and upper-lower plate for a variety of combinations—that reveals the dial and the movement. In addition to being functional, the six distinct screws on the bezel contribute to the overall aesthetics of the Square Bang Unico; “ears” (bezel lugs) on both sides of the watch give balance to the design while protecting the case.

The square shape presented another issue: the difficulty in making it water-resistant. Hublot pulled off this challenge and made the watch water-resistant to 100 meters.

The Square Bang Unico is even ergonomically perfect, providing wrist comfort. The textured “chocolate-square” strap enhances its uniqueness, and the One Click system lets you switch between rubber, alligator and soft-touch leather straps quickly.

As with all Hublot timepieces, the finishing is impeccable. The screws are sandblasted and polished. Chronograph push-pieces have rubber “chocolate squares”, and the rhodium-plated or 5N gold-plated hands, depending on the model, are polished.

At its launch, Hublot presented five 42mm Square Bang Unico models. The All Black, limited to 250 pieces, combines shades of black on all surfaces, alternating between polished and satin finishes. Ceramic and titanium meet here, from the polished black case and bezel to the structured rubber strap and black-plated titanium deployant clasp.

The other four are: a solid titanium piece, a titanium with ceramic bezel model, a King Gold with ceramic bezel model, and a full King Gold timepiece. Each comes with a black rubber strap and a folding clasp that matches the material of the case.

The Hour Glass is the exclusive partner of Hublot in Southeast Asia.

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The Evolution Of A Bespoke French High Perfumery

Henry Jacques’ Paris boutique along Avenue Montaigne

Countless brick-and-mortar stores have been casualties of the digital transformation that has reshaped the retail landscape in recent years, but many consumers at the high end of the beauty market still desire personalized, face-to-face interactions with their favorite brands.

A recent survey by global retail tech agency Outform revealed that more than half of the 2,000 respondents preferred purchasing beauty products in person, with around 40% citing the experience of being in a boutique and consulting with brand experts as being influential in their purchasing decisions.

These findings reflect the thinking that saw family-owned perfume maison Henry Jacques take its first decisive step into retail in 2014, with the opening of an exclusive space within the Salon de Parfums at Harrods in London—a dedicated space to interact with and better serve its discerning clientele.

Founded in 1975, Henry Jacques has forged a reputation for creating bespoke scents of the highest quality. Initially introduced to a small group of private clients, these one-off, bespoke fragrances were created to complement its wearer—to invoke personal memories and emotions, and to become an extension of their identity. Clients were able to have their tailor-made scents housed in uniquely designed crystal flacons, collaborating with the brand’s experts to create an artisanal fragrance that becomes uniquely theirs. 

Anna-Lise Cremona

As the clientele for bespoke offerings grew over the next few decades, an archive of some 3,000 unique scents sporting names such as “Rose Snow,” “Merveilleuse” and “Et Pourtant” was curated, forming the pillars of the maison and building on the legacy of French high perfumery.

Under the guidance of Henry Jacques’ daughter, Anne-Lise Cremona, the move into retail was part of an ambitious plan to introduce French high perfumery to a wider audience. Since taking over the reins of the company in 2011, Ms Cremona has opened the doors of Henry Jacques to more people with the launch of 50 scents during the brand’s public debut—a decision made possible thanks to Henry Jacques’ fragrance archive.

Known collectively as Les Classiques, the 50 fragrances are created in three forms: Les Essences, oils housed in minimalistic crystal flacons and applied directly to the skin with a crystal rod; Les Brumes, a lighter and modern way of enjoying the art of high perfumery with liquids housed in a unique ‘splash and spray’ convertible flacon; and the Clic-Clac, the brand’s take on solid perfumes, which are essentially scents that come in a balm-like form.

Following the success of its first foray into the retail landscape with Harrods, Henry Jacques has brought this curated physical experience to more locations around the world, with eight boutiques opening in cities such as Singapore, Dubai and Beverly Hills.

Inside Henry Jacques’ Paris Boutique

Breaking New Ground

From creating bespoke fragrances for private clients to making its mark on the luxury retail world, Henry Jacques has grown from strength to strength since its founding. That journey continues to this day with the opening of Henry Jacques’ ninth boutique globally in the heart of Paris in May this year. Situated across the river from the Eiffel Tower, the 400-square-meter duplex space is the brand’s first standalone boutique in Paris, on one of the most iconic Avenues in the world—Avenue Montaigne.

This new boutique takes visitors on an exhilarating journey through the world of French high perfumery, where they can observe Henry Jacques’ designers delicately manipulating the raw materials responsible for creating some of the world’s most precious and prestigious perfumes. 

Henry Jacques’ Laboratory

The brand’s artistic director, Christophe Tollemer, has brought the splendor of Henry Jacques’ legacy to life through historic Parisian architecture and timeless charms sprinkled throughout the space. Welcoming customers with a small garden—a rarity along the historic avenue—and colorful flagons within the lab-like interior space, the boutique celebrates the French art of living with classic collections of jewelry, art and historical pieces adorning the walls.

The key focus, however, remains very much on the creation of exceptional scents. A special lounge dedicated to bespoke fragrances allows connoisseurs to compose their personal fragrances in complete privacy during consultations with Henry Jacques’ experts.

Marrying Innovation with Tradition 

As it honors the traditions of French high perfumery, Henry Jacques also continues to push the boundaries of what is possible through a culture of innovation. One recent highlight of this desire to blaze new trails was the creation of the Clic-Clac in 2021, an accessory that houses the brand’s new collection of solid perfumes.

Les Classiques

A sophisticated creation, the Clic-Clac revives the gesture of applying solid perfume; the wearer only needs to pick up a small amount of the scent’s wax on the fingertips, before dabbing it on his or her pulse points. Named after the sound it makes, the Clic-Clac opens with a simple slide to reveal a single circular perfume capsule ready for application, and similarly shuts with ease with a slight push. 

Borrowing techniques from the expertise of Swiss watchmaking, the Clic-Clac was developed after more than four years of development to ensure its longevity before it was able to reach its current standard of patented engineering. The accessory is available in materials such as titanium, carbon and gold, and can house Les Classiques scents in the form of interchangeable solid perfume capsules.

The Clic-Clac

The modernity of the Clic-Clac, and the revived art of solid perfumes, encapsulates Henry Jacques’ vision—the traditional art of French high perfumery enhanced with modern innovations, reflecting Ms Cremona’s keen desire to continue bringing the maison to greater heights in the coming decades.

 

 

 

 

 

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Discover La Nuova Dolce Vita

There is an undeniable buzz surrounding the Ferrari Roma, the illustrious Italian marque’s fêted grand touring, high-performance sports car. Unusually, though, this excitement is not limited to die-hard motoring enthusiasts or the luxury brand’s many lifelong admirers. Indeed, there’s something about the Ferrari Roma that has captured the imagination of the stylish and the affluent of all ages, all around the world.

Maybe it is because, from the very beginning, the Ferrari Roma was conceived as a true celebration of La Nuova Dolce Vita, the effervescent essence of the Rome of the 1950s and ’60s. While the closest English rendering is ‘The New Sweet Life’, this translation loses much of the inherent elegance of the Italian term. This perhaps explains why the Italian phrase has been embraced the world over as the encapsulation of an eminently desirable, carefree, hedonistic lifestyle. And it is these very traits that have informed every aspect of the Ferrari Roma’s look, feel and impeccable driving experience.

Elegance, Tradition, Innovation and Performance

A unique fusion of elegance, tradition, innovation and performance, the timeless design and sensuous stylings of the Ferrari Roma have already beguiled the world’s most discerning luxury connoisseurs. At the same time, its fusion of Ferrari’s time-honored traditions with a unique take on contemporary technical innovation, as well as its peak driving and passenger experience, has seen the Ferrari Roma win plaudits as both a pinnacle of precision engineering and as an iconic statement of on-road style.

It is a combination with a particular appeal to pioneers and iconoclasts, those who take pride in living by their own rules and shaping their own destinies. And it is these true trailblazers, those who set trends rather than follow them, that the Ferrari Roma most strongly appeals to.

While the many testaments to the Ferrari Roma’s sophistication and technical accomplishments are compelling enough, this is a car designed to be experienced. Indeed, true appreciation of this phenomenally crafted luxury automobile demands immersion.

The Ultimate Immersive Ferrari Roma Experience

Fortunately, for a select few, this is within reach. For those who are truly simpatico to the abiding elegance and sophistication of La Nuova Dolce Vita, Ferrari has invested in a luxurious and exclusive showcase, one designed to deliver the ultimate Ferrari Roma experience. This, though, is only open to those who succeed in securing one of the illustrious motoring marque’s intriguingly rare Black Boxes.

As with the Ferrari Roma itself, each Black Box is exquisitely crafted, while its secrets are only gradually revealed. It is, however, the key to your personal opportunity to experience this proud addition to Ferrari’s unmatched portfolio of automotive excellence in a way few could even dream of.

Although the exact nature of this bespoke experience remains known only to those fortunate enough to be among the first recipients of the Black Box, its carefully curated contents excite both curiosity and a yearning to know more. Keys loom large among its inventory, and the question of whether they are included as symbols of exclusive access or have a more functional role only adds to their enigmatic allure.

Sensationally Sensory, Exclusively Elegant

There are, however, just enough hints to fuel expectations that something truly sensational is on offer. There’s an intimation that a high-end hotel stay awaits, one spent in the company of like-minded lovers of luxury and bespoke premium experiences.

Inevitably, there is an expectation that the finer details of the Ferrari Roma will be explored, with those directly involved in the car’s creation and development leading the conversation. All of this, however, may prove but an artful preamble to the presumed centerpiece of this exclusive encounter—the opportunity to immerse yourself in an extended test-drive of the Ferrari Roma itself.

To be assured of your own chance to explore the mysteries of the Ferrari Roma Black Box, the key to the immersive driving and high-end living experience of the year, all you have to do is click the link below—and unlock the true meaning of La Nuova Dolce Vita for yourself.

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Transforming Lives Across Southeast Asia

Leading beauty and wellness company Nu Skin has been positively impacting people’s lives in Southeast Asia for the past quarter-century through groundbreaking research and development, technological innovations, and significant community efforts.

The success of its endeavors is reflected in the impressive list of awards and achievements it has chalked up over this period. Among other accolades, Nu Skin was named the world’s No. 1 brand for Beauty Device Systems for four consecutive years*, and Pharmanex was named No. 1 weight management and wellbeing brand in Malaysia and Singapore** by Euromonitor International.

Nu Skin’s success is also largely due to its extensive network of distributors who invest considerable time and effort into, and are dedicated to, promoting the brand, leading to them becoming successful entrepreneurs themselves.

ageLOC Reset

They have not only built rewarding businesses for themselves over the past 25 years, but have helped others transform their lives, and raised the industry’s level of professionalism.

The company’s greatest impact, however, comes from its commitment to scientific innovation grounded in a rigorous R&D process supervised by a world-class team of scientists whose research and insights are dedicated to changing the way the world views aging.

Led by these insights, Nu Skin developed ageLOC proprietary scientific research to address the underlying causes of aging, such as gene expressions associated with the process of becoming older, rather than just its symptoms.

“Our knowledge and understanding of these learnings are applied to the development of proprietary, innovative, safe, and effective products. We are revolutionizing the nutrition and personal care industries with products that offer comprehensive anti-aging solutions,” says Dr Joseph Chang, Nu Skin’s Chief Scientific Officer.

Among its most recent innovative achievements is ageLOC Reset. Based on seven years of exclusive Nu Skin research, and powered by the company’s anthocyanin blend, this new product has shown that it can help improve one’s wellbeing and counteract the negative effects of a hectic lifestyle when combined with a healthy diet, regular exercise, and adequate sleep.

ageLOC LumiSpa iO with IoT technology

A Digital Ecosystem that Benefits Everyone ,Smart Beauty Devices, and App-Driven Customized Regimes

Being a company that prioritizes innovation, it is not surprising that Nu Skin is also leveraging digital technology to improve the efficiency of its processes, and better engage with its customers.

It recently launched EMPOWERME, a new digital ecosystem and strategy that recommends personalized beauty and wellness products through interactive and engaging digital experiences. In this way, Nu Skin can provide holistic solutions across the beauty and wellness spectrum, integrating its products into the customer experience.

These solutions include digital apps such as Nu Skin Vera, which enables customers to participate in AI-driven skincare consultations, monitor their skin’s improvement with selfies, and order products, among other features.

Nu Skin distributors also use Vera to help their customers find the best products through intuitive questionnaires, top-of-the-line facial scanning technology, and Intelligent Recommendations, an innovative AI that uses algorithms for product personalization. Following that, Nu Skin Stela tracks distributors’ sales volume and commissions and manages their client lists. 

“Through our digital ecosystem, we intend to attract, connect, and nurture our prospects while building a long-term relationship with our customers, who want personalized service, products, and solutions that address their needs. With EMPOWERME, we can connect them and affiliates through digital tools such as Intelligent Recommendations that helps create customized regimes and a seamless connection to social sharing communities,” says Dr Vicky Leevutinun, President of Nu Skin Southeast Asia and Pacific.

Dr Vicky Leevutinun, President of Nu Skin Southeast Asia and Pacific

“Through our digital ecosystem, we intend to attract, connect, and nurture our prospects while building a long-term relationship with our customers, who want personalized service, products, and solutions that address their needs.”

– Dr Vicky Leevutinun, President of Nu Skin Southeast Asia and Pacific

Inner Focus Collagen Plus

The first beauty device that incorporates IoT technology will be the ageLOC LumiSpa iO. This dual-action skincare device helps deliver skin renewal and deep cleansing benefits in a single action. Nu Skin researchers also evaluated visible results when the regime is combined with Inner FocusTM Collagen Plus***.

Fostering a Culture of Good: Initiating Community Outreach Programs and Nurturing Future Generations

In addition to its business operations, Nu Skin aims to be an agent for positive change by caring for the planet, improving the lives of children, nourishing future generations, initiating community outreach programs, and investing in the global community.

Nu Skin Force for Good Foundation, for example, works to improve children’s health, education, and economic circumstances, while Nu Skin Nourish the Children is a global initiative that distributes food to children suffering from malnutrition.

Furthermore, the foundation also supports the Southeast Asia Children’s Heart Fund (SEACHF), raising funds to cover the surgery fees for affected children, and partnering with local hospitals and healthcare professionals who are equally passionate about saving the lives of children born with congenital heart diseases in Southeast Asia. The brand’s distributors can choose to donate 1% of their monthly commissions towards SEACHF.

In terms of sustainability, Nu Skin is striving to improve its product packaging by 2030. The goal is to make everything recyclable, reusable, reduced or renewable. In 2021 alone, it saved 131 tons of plastic and over 34 tons of paper under this initiative. 

In a rapidly changing world, Nu Skin continues to evolve, adapt and emerge stronger. With the vision to become the world’s leading integrated beauty and wellness company, and a mission to be a global force for good, Nu Skin hopes to continue to change lives through its business and product innovations.

“Nu Skin will continue to transform generations across Southeast Asia and globally. We want to empower individuals to discover their best selves through our integrated beauty and wellness solutions and business opportunities,” maintains Dr Leevutinun.


Join Nu Skin’s 25th Anniversary Celebration!

 

This live virtual event for Nu Skin Southeast Asia from July 21 to 24, 2022, celebrates the brand’s success, honors the distributors, and will introduce new innovative products. Discover these along with the ageLOC beauty devices and Pharmanex products.
Admission is free: visit www.nuskin.com/sealive/en/home.html

 

 

 


 

 

*Source: Euromonitor International Limited; Retail Value RSP terms; all channels; 2017 to 2020. Beauty Systems are at-home Skin Care Beauty Devices used exclusively with or recommended to be used with a topical consumable of the same brand. Claim verification based on Euromonitor custom research and methodology conducted January-March of 2021. Sales of at-home skin care beauty devices includes sales of electric facial cleansers as defined in Passport database. This category does not include haircare/removal appliances, body shavers, and oral care appliances.
**Source: Euromonitor International Limited; Consumer Health 2022ed, per Weight Management and Wellbeing category definition, retail value RSP 2021, data.
***Product name may vary from market to market.

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Precision Targeting: Richard Mille’s Elegant Timepieces And Mindful Philanthropy

RM 74-02 © Lilias Le Quellec

There is a beauty and wonder that only comes from true precision. Whether manifested in extraordinary feats of horological engineering or within the infinite complexity of the human mind, the result is never less than breathtaking. There is, then, a natural synergy between the world’s finest mechanical watches and the wonder that is the human brain. It has, however, taken Richard Mille, one of the world’s leading Swiss watch marques, to recognize this resonance and duly support these two highly complementary celebrations of perfect precision.

 

A part of the Paris Brain Institute, ICM is the first neurology center in France.

This commitment is embodied equally in two of the company’s luxury tourbillon timepieces—the RM 74-01 and the RM 74-02—and its continuing support for the Paris Brain Institute, a research establishment acknowledged as a world leader when it comes to decoding the mysteries of the human mind. Naturally, Richard Mille is setting new standards for innovation and sustained excellence in both spheres of activity.

Combining pioneering technical expertise and future-facing functionality, the in-house automatic tourbillion timepieces embody unparalleled elegance while remaining the ultimate expression of precision watchmaking engineering. This sees them stay true to Richard Mille’s high-end horological heritage, while also representing a bold step forward for the science of Swiss watch manufacturing.

Timeless Timepieces, Future Classics

Although sharing the same ultra-skeletonized heart, the two models boast bold, highly individual crafting, including distinctly different casing materials and strikingly contrasting aesthetics. In many ways, they are best considered fraternal twins, albeit siblings with markedly different personalities.

For its part, the RM 74-01 comes clad in grey Cermet, a metal-ceramic composite renowned for its corrosion-resistant and scratch-proof qualities. Combining the lightness of titanium with a ceramic resilience, the material—the product of many years of joint development between Richard Mille and the IMI Group, a global leader in microtechnology—has a diamond-esque invulnerability, making it the optimum choice for the case of this signature model. Harmoniously complementing the case is a grade 5 titanium caseband, while the bridges and baseplate deliver an engagingly elegant and simpatico finish.

RM 74-01 © Lilias Le Quellec

By contrast, the RM 74-02 comes enhanced with another proprietary Richard Mille material—Gold Carbon TPT®. This combination of a singular composite material (Carbon TPT®) and fine gold leaf was perfected only after many years of tireless development. With its robust and resilient properties matched only by its lightness, the contrast between the carbon matte black and the intermittent golden filigree bestows a truly bespoke haute horological air. Its singular silhouette also incorporates fine threads of 24-carat yellow gold, haloing a radiance that extends across its baseplate and red-gold caseband, while its polished pillars and crown are similarly encircled with matching material.

From L – R: Jean Todt, founding member of the Paris Brain Institute, Professor Gérard Saillant, President of Paris Brain Institute, Richard Mille

Beyond their distinct external aesthetic, the twin cores of both models are in-house automatic tourbillon calibres—the CRMT6 for the RM 74-01 and the CRMT5 for the RM 74-02. While the baseplate and bridges of the CRMT6 are both fashioned from PVD- and electro-plasma-treated grade 5 titanium, its CRMT5 counterpart favors the more traditional hues of yellow and red gold. Incorporating an impressive 50-hour power reserve, both movements are faultlessly driven by a variable-geometry rotor, ensuring each watch and its winding can be customized in line with the needs and preferences of its owner.

Characteristically slender, the contours of the RM 74-01 and RM 74-02 ably forefront their majestically positioned tourbillons, which are set at the six o’clock point. In a finely finessed finishing touch, the beveled festooned flange draws the eye to each watch’s movement, while an adept adornment of fine handcrafting further refines the already delicate features of these two timeless timepieces.

Philanthropically Minded, Cerebrally Focused

Given the deeply cerebral design work behind these two timepieces, it’s clear that Richard Mille owes a deep debt to the intricacies of the human mind. Recognizing this, the company’s strategic alliance with the Paris Brain Institute sees it committed to supporting the research body in its mission to establish a greater understanding of how the brain works, while helping fund its ongoing work to remedy many crippling neurological ailments.

Such philanthropic endeavors are nothing new to Richard Mille, which has a long history of supporting a variety of highly deserving causes, including The Rafael Nadal Foundation, YB Afraid and the Only Watch Charity Auction. The Paris Brain Institute, though, has struck a particular chord with the fine watchmaker, and has seen the brand’s eponymous founder keen to champion its future success.

Underlining the company’s long-term commitment to the center, he said, “Supporting an organization as advanced and promising as the Institute is a noble cause. By helping to facilitate its research, we are saving lives and improving the everyday existence of many people across the world.”

Paris Brain Institute

Through its financial assistance and its establishment of the Richard Mille Donors’ Club, the brand believes it can play a key role in sustaining the Institute and its 700 dedicated researchers. In this way, it seeks to bring hope to the one billion people around the world suffering from neurological conditions, many of whom lack access to proper treatment.

As with the company’s exquisite timepieces, there’s a pleasing symmetry in the mindfulness of Richard Mille’s philanthropic endeavors.

 

Timeless Luxury That Looks And Sounds Great

The occasional luxury item is often very comforting and enjoyable, but everyone has a different idea of what luxury means. Some people enjoy drinking vintage champagne or whisky while listening to exquisite music. Others may choose to splurge on a lavish vacation or an exceptional timepiece.

Though the luxury market has been around for centuries, the relationship between luxury and investment did not emerge until the 18th century. That’s when households began to purchase high-value goods, such as art and timepieces, according to Dr Seán Williams, a senior lecturer at the University of Sheffield’s School of Languages and Cultures. People began to consider luxury an economic and social asset during the period of European Enlightenment (with a particular emphasis on France) from the 17th to 18th centuries.

Nowadays, luxury is associated with authenticity, substance, and sustainability, principles embraced by haute couture brands like Bang & Olufsen and Richard Mille to a significant degree. These marques have created a powerful digital presence while attracting consumers through their aesthetic, luxurious, and environment-friendly products.

Bang & Olufsen, for instance, understands how music can bring people together, not only as entertainment but also as a source of passion and happiness. Its latest wirelessly connected speakers, such as the Beoplay A9 Fourth Generation and Beolab 28, combine noble finishes of oak or walnut, and sleek materials, such as aluminum and Kvadrat fabric, representing the future of home audio.

Looking like minimalist pieces of art, these speakers are easily upgradeable, repairable, and exchangeable. A touchscreen or smartphone allows audiophiles to stream their favorite music, and seamlessly connect to other speakers, televisions and digital apps.

Luxury transcends from high-performance music to high-performance timepieces. Richard Mille’s unapologetically bold watches are hailed as the ultimate expression of excellence, thanks to complex horological innovations, exceptional engineering, and hi-tech applications. Since its launch 20 years ago, the demand for the Swiss watchmaker’s timepieces consistently outstrips production.

As investment-worthy as its other premium timepieces, the new RM 72-01 Automatic Winding Lifestyle Flyback Chronograph and RM 65-01 Automatic Split-Seconds Chronograph herald new heights in haute horology. The former displays the company’s first proprietary flyback chronograph that took 30 months to complete, while the latter is the most complex timepiece ever created in its fabled Les Breuleux, Switzerland workshops.

It is easy to acknowledge such extraordinary achievements when you know you can count on being presented with the best-ever creations of sound and time that are as amazing and inspiring as they are exciting.

French High Perfumery At Its Finest

Henry Jacques Laboratory

For almost half a century, famed French high perfumery Henry Jacques has been creating bespoke fragrances for connoisseurs of premium scents globally. Founded by Henry Jacques Cremona in 1975, the brand prides itself on using pure natural essences sourced from around the world.

Over the decades, the brand’s custom-made fragrances have come to represent the pinnacle of French high perfumery. Equally important are the exquisite, hand-crafted crystal bottles that contain Henry Jacques’ creations. Each flacon is conceived, designed, and crafted individually, in perfect unison with the perfume it holds. Indeed, the complex artistry of matching the fragrance to its crystal flacon has become intrinsic to Henry Jacques’ work, adding another dimension to enjoying perfume and experiencing the true art of living.

Under the leadership of Cremona’s daughter, Anne-Lise, the brand opened its offerings to a wider audience by starting a commercial line in 2015. Two years later, Henry Jacques unveiled its first standalone boutique at Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands Hotel.

Henry Jacques Atelier

The Magic of Spinning Tops

The latest series in Henry Jacques’ Masterpieces collection is the Les Toupies, French for spinning tops. The series comprises three pairs of exquisite creations for couples, each weaving a distinct tale as part of an overarching story. The main characters in this elegant series are Mr. H and Mrs. Y in Les Toupies I, No. 16 and No. 81 in Les Toupies II, and Fanfan and Galileo in Les Toupies III.

Each Toupie contains its own distinct fragrance and the pairs are housed in hand-crafted crystal flacons reminiscent of spinning tops. Each flacon is designed to express the unique character of the perfume within. The exquisite bottles were developed over three years under the meticulous guidance of Henry Jacques’ Creative Director, Christophe Tollemer.

Les Toupies I: Mr. H and Mrs. Y

Les Toupies I: Mr. H and Mrs. Y

The first pair in the series features two signature perfumes: Mr. H and Mrs. Y. The pair represent a love story between a man and a woman, and while the bottles are almost identical, the male flacon is slightly larger. No matter how they are placed, the curves of each flacon seem to respond to the other seamlessly, reflecting their synergy.

Mr. H carries hints of cedar leaf, geranium, sandalwood, tobacco, amber and patchouli. Mrs. Y on the other hand plays on ylang ylang, rose damascena, jasmine, iris, wild lily of the valley and tonka bean.  

Les Toupies II: No. 16 and No. 81

Les Toupies II: No. 16 and No. 81

The second pair in the series comprises No. 16 and No. 81, two truly modern perfumes that have been elevated by the inclusion of lesser known ingredients. While No. 16 has hints of gardenia, ylang ylang and rose de mai, No. 81 features bergamot and citrusy grapefruit. Their flacons are confident, energetic and boldly architectural, boasting strong angles and clean lines that contrast with each other in perfect symmetry. 

Les Toupies III: Fanfan and Galileo

Les Toupies III: Fanfan and Galileo

Fanfan and Galileo are the third and final pair in the Les Toupies series. Described as a manly yet tender perfume, Galileo has notes of lavender, Italian mandarin, tobacco, myrrh and amber. Fanfan, meanwhile, is a softer fragrance for women, with hints of lavender, saffron and rose damascena. Their flacons are the most curved and rounded of all the Toupies, reflecting a certain swing and exuberance in their personalities.

Establishing a Legacy

In 1975, Henry Jacques Cremona founded a French luxury perfumery after finding inspiration during his travels. His brand, Henry Jacques, has since charted its own groundbreaking path. On this epic journey, it has emerged as a master craftsman of bespoke fragrances, while also establishing a family legacy.

For the longest time, Cremona’s Atelier was exclusively dedicated to creation, with his team working discreetly to satisfy the olfactory desires of his elite clientele. After decades of preparation, Henry Jacques opened to the public in recent years through a handful of exclusive boutiques designed to showcase the brand’s singular collections.

The genesis of Parfums Henry Jacques started with Cremona’s encounter with one of the last great noses of old French perfume tradition. From that fortuitous encounter was born a perfume house that is steeped in his family’s culture, a taste for absolute refinement and an obsession with rarity and perfection. Through the creation of these precious perfumes, Henry Jacques hopes to awaken a lost emotion and create new beautiful memories for discerning clients.

OSIM: Covid-19 Pushes More Singaporeans to Choose Home-Based Care To Manage Stress

 
Rejuvenate with uDream in the comfort of your home.

Many Singaporeans sought ways to relieve their stress at home over the past year as the Covid-19 pandemic raised their stress levels and disrupted usual methods of letting off steam. According to the inaugural OSIM Wellness Survey conducted by the health and wellness group last year, many respondents experienced heightened levels of stress as a result of the healthcare crisis. Left unchecked, chronic stress can lead to long-term health problems. According to a 2016 report by Harvard Medical School, prolonged stress can lead to a host of health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. This highlights the pressing need for stress to be recognized and managed proactively.

Conducted between July and August 2020, the OSIM survey sought to assess the public’s perception toward overall well-being during the pandemic, how individuals perceived their stress levels, and consequently, how they sought to manage and relieve stress. It found that 61% of the 385 respondents indicated an increase in stress levels, with 81% reporting an above-moderate increase. Most respondents were also proactive in managing stress, reflecting a growing awareness among Singaporeans about the importance of maintaining their wellness amid trying times.

“As lifestyles shift and routines continue to be disrupted by Covid-19, the survey results indicate that individuals and families increasingly prefer de-stressing and unwinding in their own homes instead of heading out,” says Lynn Tan, Deputy CEO of OSIM International.

“We believe that this new normal will encourage more people to take better care of their well-being on a daily basis.”

The survey also identified how Singaporeans sought to lower their stress levels during the pandemic. Due to public health and safety measures, more than 50% of respondents said their usual stress management activities had been disrupted. These included gym workouts, group sports and wellness treatments such as massages.

In response, Singaporeans were more receptive toward a range of sensory therapies to relieve stress at home. Among the different options, massage therapy was selected as the most effective form of sensory therapy (85%), followed by music therapy (74%) and aromatherapy (71%).

While movement restrictions have since eased in Singapore, OSIM anticipates the growing emphasis on stress management is here to stay as individuals experiment with new therapies.

OSIM Wellness Survey results

Meeting the Wellness Needs of Individuals

Against this backdrop, OSIM continues to carry out its long-standing mission of developing solutions that address the health and wellness needs of its customers. In particular, the company is committed to using innovative technology to redefine the health and wellness landscape; creating products that empower individuals to take better care of themselves.

One such innovation is uDream, the world’s first 5-senses well-being chair designed to help individuals measure, monitor and manage stress levels from the comfort of home. The uDream’s AI Stress BioSensors use electrocardiography and AI technology to measure and translate stress signals into insightful and easy-to-understand Body Tension Scores. Through the proprietary uDream app, individuals can track their stress levels conveniently and effortlessly.

With uDream, those seeking to de-stress at home can now decide when and how to address any spikes in their stress levels to help stave off both the immediate and long-term health effects of chronic stress. Through initiatives such as the OSIM Wellness Survey and products such as the pioneering uDream, OSIM hopes to empower people to take better care of their health, not just during this challenging period, but also in a post-Covid world. An individual’s health will always be key to living better, regardless of the circumstances.

uDream 5-senses well-being experience

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Hilton: A Luxurious Escape From Reality

Terra at Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

Have you been imagining what your next travel destination will be? When you are ready to explore again, Hilton is ready to help you create exciting new memories at their luxury resorts located in some of the world’s dreamiest destinations.

Whether it is in the Maldives or Bora Bora, these all-villa resorts will not only live up to your dreams of a perfect getaway, but also offer an enhanced level of cleanliness to give you peace of mind during your stay.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

Located in one of the world’s most desirable island locales, the award-winning Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi offers memorable experiences in a highly exclusive setting.

Guests can choose from one of the resort’s 119 overwater, beach or reef villas. For an even more extraordinary experience, a stay on your very own private island awaits. The Ithaafushi Private Island Estate can accommodate up to 24 persons in two villas, and features five swimming pools, a dedicated team of chefs, a spa, a yacht mooring and its own entertainment clubhouse.

There is an extensive range of activities at the resort to keep you entertained throughout your holiday; whether it is snorkelling in the island’s pristine waters, indulging at the luxurious Waldorf Astoria Spa, or enjoying a private curated dinner on the sandbank while watching the sun set.

To satisfy discerning tastes, you can choose from no fewer than 10 destination dining venues—the largest variety of dining options available in the Maldives. Notable among them is The Ledge by celebrity chef Dave Pynt—the award-winning chef behind Michelin-starred Singapore restaurant Burnt Ends—which features an elevated barbecue set against the stunning backdrop of the Indian Ocean. Diners can also soak in spectacular views among the treetops at Terra or enjoy the magnificent sunset at Amber, the resort’s signature bar.

For more details:

www.waldorfastoriamaldives.com

Conrad Bora Bora Nui

Royal Villa at Conrad Bora Bora Nui

For those who desire a luxurious getaway, Conrad Bora Bora Nui is an ideal choice. Guests can leave their worries behind while strolling along the longest private stretch of soft, white sand beaches on the island of Motu Toopua, with the soaring Mount Otemanu presenting a breathtaking backdrop.

A range of accommodation options are available to suit every guest’s specific needs, from the spacious Lagoon View Suites designed for families to the spectacular overwater villas and Presidential Villas. The resort’s six restaurants and bars cater to all tastes and appetites. Enjoy innovative French cuisine amid stunning views of the lagoon at the resort’s signature Iriatai French Restaurant or indulge in modern Chinese fare at Banyan Chinese Restaurant.

Whether you want to fill your days with vibrant activity or simply relax at your own leisure, there are many ways to spoil yourself at Conrad Bora Bora Nui. The more adventurous can explore the island surrounded by incredible views while biking, swimming among sharks or hiking. Those who wish to take it easy can unwind at the stunning infinity pool or pamper themselves at the hilltop Hina Spa.

Top off your stay with a truly memorable experience by spending a day at the resort’s private islet, Motu Tapu, and enjoy a picnic prepared by chefs in one of the world’s most exclusive settings.

For more details:

www.conradboraboranuiresort.com

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Conrad Maldives Sunset Water Villas

Diving and snorkelling enthusiasts will marvel at the sight of the sparkling waters off the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, where an exceptional underwater experience awaits.

Nestled in atolls surrounded by azure blue waters and powdery white sand, the resort inspires travelers by offering them a memorable respite from the bustle of modern life. It features more than 150 purposefully designed villas and suites, a choice of 12 award-winning restaurants and bars, two spas and a selection of cultural activities. One notable highlight is Ithaa, the world’s first undersea restaurant that allows you to dine five meters below the surface of the ocean with panoramic views of coral gardens and tropical fish.

Guests also get to revel in the privacy of Rangali Island while enjoying access to the facilities of the larger and livelier Rangali Finolhu Island, which is linked by a 500 meters bridge. Indulge yourself at The Spa Retreat, an overwater destination spa set 100 meters off of the tip of the main island.

For a truly unique experience at Conrad Maldives, the resort offers the world’s first undersea residence that will allow you to social distance in the most exclusive setting possible. The MURAKA is a first-of-its-kind, two-level residence with a master bedroom submerged 5 meters below sea level. MURAKA, which means coral in Maldivian, is an awe-inspiring reflection of how the resort exists in harmony with the natural landscape of the Indian Ocean.

For more details:

www.conradmaldives.com

Hilton CleanStay

To ensure the safety and comfort of guests during this unprecedented time, Hilton has implemented Hilton CleanStay, an industry-leading program that delivers an even cleaner stay from check in to check out at their properties worldwide.

“For over 100 years, Hilton has been at the center of hospitality and was one of the first in the industry to foresee the global growth of luxury travel, setting the benchmark for discerning travelers all over the world. The brands in our luxury group, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts; Conrad Hotels & Resorts and LXR Hotels & Resorts, have all helped define the hospitality experience for the modern-day traveler,” says Nils-Arne Schroeder, Vice President, Luxury and Lifestyle, Asia Pacific.

“Today, we remain committed to being at the forefront of invigorating the essence of luxury travel to create the most unforgettable and inspiring experiences for our guests all around the world,” he adds. “Being in two of the most sought-after destinations in the world, our all-villa Waldorf Astoria and Conrad resorts in Bora Bora and the Maldives offer the highest levels of exclusivity and privacy. From arrival to departure, our guests are assured of a safe and uninhibited environment during this unique time where they can stay with peace of mind whilst enjoying unparalleled, bespoke service delivered by our dedicated team members at every turn.”

If you have been yearning to travel again, the time has come for you to plan your next travel memory with Hilton.


Hilton Honors

Hilton Honors is the award-winning guest loyalty program for Hilton’s 18 world-class brands. Through the current challenging times, the program continues to provide flexibility and value to members and guests—from offering flexible booking and cancellation policies, digital enhancement through the Hilton Honors App for a seamless booking and stay journey, to loyalty status extensions with no points expiry, to making it easier for members to qualify for higher tier status with reduced requirements, and much more.

*To stay up to date on the latest policies and programs, visit covid.hilton.com.

Hilton Honors offers its 108 million members worldwide hundreds of ways to earn and redeem points, including Hilton Honors Experiences, which gives greater opportunity for members to use their points outside of redemption stays. Members can redeem a wide range of exciting Hilton Honors Experiences, such as private beach dining at Waldorf Astoria Maldives, cocktail hour at Ithaa at Conrad Maldives or a relaxing 60-minute spa massage at either resort.


 

 

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